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April 29, 2010

Klein Oak stars set to announce commitments

Spring (Texas) Klein Oak seems to produce top talent year in and year out. The class of 2011 is no exception for the Houston-area program and the two headliners are defensive end Nathan Hughes and tight end Max Stevenson.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Stevenson holds close to 20 offers and added another from in-state Texas A&M this week. The Aggie offer was a long time in coming.

"Last week, they were here," Stevenson said of the Aggies. "Terrell Williams was up at the school. I talked to him that night and he said, 'We've got to re-evaluate our whole deal. We're not sure if we're taking a tight end and so we'll get back to you.

"Then yesterday, coach (David) Smith walked up to me and said A&M offered. He said the letter should be in the mail soon. I need to call coach Williams back."

However, it looks to be a case of too little, too late. Stevenson and Hughes are both set to announce their commitments this weekend on Houston television. They will be appearing on High School Sports Live on Channel 55 The Tube.

"We're actually doing it on Saturday," Stevenson said. "It's going to be at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night. We had thought it was on Friday at first, but it's on Saturday."

As far as finalists, Stevenson has three while Hughes looks to be down to two schools.

"His finalists are LSU and OU," Stevenson said of Hughes. "As for me, it's Texas Tech, OU and Notre Dame."

Stevenson does admit that the Aggies could have worked their way into that group.

"A&M would definitely be up there if it had come sooner," he said. "I went to some games there and really like the program, but we had already had our commitment set for this weekend.

"They didn't really know if they were going to take a tight end. They were flip-flopping on that, which I understand, but I've already got my finalists."


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